Auchenstroan Coloured Ryelands

We are Adrian and Nicole Doyle and this is our web site where we show our life on our small holding and showcase the products that we sell.

We are delighted to offer a range of handmade felted fleece rugs, also known as “vegetarian sheepskin rugs”, and handmade felted fleece cushions.  These are made from the wool (not the sheepskin) from our own sheep and no animal is harmed in the process.  You can buy them from our shop, please have a look.

We recently published Adrian’s book on smallholding life which you can buy in our shop (paperback – UK only) or via Amazon (paperback and ebook).

Latest Stories from Auchenstroan

Autumn Harvest

As they days shorten and the night draws in, the autumn harvest is coming to a close. The onions are all tied up in onion strings. We had a much

Dogs Talk – new book published

After eight months of writing, re-writing, editing, re-reading and proof checking, I am pleased to say I have finally published my second book "Dogs Talk - Four Dogs Tell Their

new fence trees planted

Mind the Gap

As autumn turns into winter and the harvest is complete, our focus turns to winter jobs. These are mostly maintenance to the walls and fences. There are a number of

Hario the tri-colour collie

Bot’s explosive bot

We have two dogs here, George and Haribo and both have a number of pet names. For example, George is often called "G" and Haribo "H". Haribo also gets called

Something new in the shop😀

From time to time I am asked if I run courses on making felted fleece rugs. Last year I pondered hosting courses here on our smallholding.   The trouble is, I

A new role for Tina Sparkle

Two weeks ago our dear brave hennie Bim, passed away to the Great Hen Run in the Sky. Bim Bim was a remarkable hen, she lived

polytunnel complete

Polytunnel built at last

As anyone who has read my book might now realise, it's hard keeping up with everything on a smallholding. This is particularly true as we both have to work to

The story of Vera, a sore ear, and a tube of toothpaste

If you are squeamish or having dinner, this story may not be for you😳 As some of you may already know from following our stories, one of our woolly girls,

chainsaw carved sheep wearing jacket

The tale of the “little” wooden sheep

As lots of you know who visit our page, I take on commissions as well as selling things from our shop.  I’m mainly asked to make rugs for people but

releasing young hedgehog

Tiggy Released

Four weeks ago, we found a tiny hedgehog that was outside, alone, during the day. Without help, it would have died (see Summer Hedgehog Rescue). We took him in and

dirty sheep bottom

Hooves and Bottoms

Sheep need a lot of looking after and one of the primary tasks is checking hooves and bottoms. Much like human fingernails and toenails, sheep’s hooves can grow and become

tiny hedgehog

Summer Hedgehog Rescue

Last autumn, I found a small hedgehog which we overwintered (see Hoggy Released).  This can happen a lot, late litters mean they just don't have time to put on enough

Reviews

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Review for felted fleece rug - soft cream curls
5/5
thank you

Thank you for my beautiful rug, I am absolutely delighted with it!! It goes perfectly in my room and is so lovely and soft…

Review for Felted Cheviot fleece rug
5/5
Gorgeous

Thank you so much for the rug, it’s absolutely gorgeous!

Review for Felted fleece \"sheepskin\" rug - Cheviot hog fleece
5/5
A work of art!

This is the highest quality sheepskin I’ve ever seen. It’s a work of art, and we’re proud to have it in our home. I’m overjoyed to have finally found a beautiful cruelty-free option. Big thanks to you and the sheep, who are very cute.

Review for Felted fleece "sheepskin" rug
5/5
Beautiful

Bought for my vegetarian daughter’s birthday. It’s just beautiful. Much lighter weight than a skin so when the box arrived we thought it must be tiny. It was delightful opening up the packaging for the big reveal. You could tell a lot of care had been taken parcelling it up so it up.

Review for Handmade Felted Fleece Rug
5/5
Nicole's Rug in Luxembourg 🙂

I was looking for an ethical “sheep skin” rug and happily found Nicole and Adrian’s website. Nicole chose for us a beautiful fleece from her sheep which went into the production of our first rug. My family loves it, including the little touches that came with our package too. Nicole and Adrian are wonderful and they put love and care into everything they do. Thank you for this very special rug, we will cherish for many years to come!

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